CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe announced his retirement Monday after serving in the position for seven years.
"I'm honored to have served as your chief for seven years," Monroe said in a statement. "CMPD has experienced historic crime reductions, fostered trust and built upon established community partnerships. None of this would have been achieved without the hard work and commitment from each and every member of our organization. There is no doubt the current leadership will continue to move this department forward in a direction that further strengthens our community into one we are all very proud to be a part of."
Monroe was appointed Chief in 2008 after serving in the same capacity in Macon, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia.
Monroe will retire having protected and served for nearly 40 years.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says Charlotte has seen significant crime reduction in every crime category, including the lowest number of homicides on record, under Chief Monroe's leadership.
An announcement on Monroe's replacement is expected sometime later this week.